1) Revelation 4:11 (American KJV); 2) Psalm 149:4a (GNT)
1) You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created. 2) The Lord takes pleasure in his people.
What an incredible thought! That God would take pleasure in me, an imperfect sinful person. All too often I see my faults, they loom larger than my redeeming features, at least in my mind. But God “takes pleasure” in me. He must see redeeming features, He must see my reliance on Him for His grace to bring maturity, for His grace to empower ministry, for His grace to bring life and wisdom!
So I have applied God’s Word to retrain my brain, renewing my mind and the image of God within my mind that so often before was filled with a scowl of displeasure for no apparent reason on His face, to one where He has a kind and benevolent smile which breaks into rapturous encouragement in the light of His eyes toward me at those times I have brought particular pleasure to Him. Yes, there are times the scowl is well and truly deserved, but His default position toward me is one of “Pleasure”.
How do you picture God’s default position toward you? Perhaps meditating on the verses above and the “Pleasure” He feels toward you will help you move forward.
Father, may you enable us to have a correct view of you and experience the transforming truth that You ‘take pleasure in your people’.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta